Touchstone TV pacts with thesp for laffer

Love could be making a primetime return thanks to scribes Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah.

Thesp Jennifer Love Hewitt has pacted with Touchstone Television for a half-hour comedy to be written and exec produced by Sachs and Judah (“Freaks and Geeks.”) Project is being designed as a starring vehicle for the former “Party of Five” star, who will co-exec produce via her Love Spell Entertainment shingle.

Handprint Entertainment’s Jeff Pollack will also serve as exec producer.

Hewitt already has a specific idea in mind for the project, though nothing’s finalized yet as she begins meeting with Sachs and Judah to discuss details on the concept. At least two webs, including ABC, have expressed serious interest in the project. Touchstone execs, led by prexy Steve McPherson, will likely begin formally pitching the idea after Thanksgiving.

Endeavor-repped thesp will next be seen in the bigscreen take on “Garfield,” set for release next summer.

Sachs and Judah, who inked an exclusive development deal with Touchstone in spring, are also working with Stu Bloomberg and Francie Calfo on the high-profile ABC/Touchstone drama project “Doing It.” In addition they’re awaiting word on the fate of “Platonically Incorrect,” the half-hour laffer that remains a contender for midseason.

In addition to “Freaks and Geeks,” the duo — repped by the Rothman Brecher Agency and Scott Howard — also worked on “Undeclared” and were co-exec producers of NBC’s “Just Shoot Me” during the 2000-01 season.

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